Survival for large bowel and rectal NETs

Survival for large bowel and rectal neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) depends on many factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. 

These are general statistics based on large groups of people. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case. 

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis). 

For general information and support you can talk to the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

About these statistics

The terms 1 year survival and 5 year survival don't mean that you will only live for 1 or 5 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and researchers collect information. They watch what happens to people with cancer in the years after their diagnosis. 5 years is a common time point to measure survival. But some people live much longer than this.

5 year survival is the number of people who have not died from their cancer within 5 years after diagnosis.

Survival for large bowel and rectal NETs

1 year survival

The 1 year survival statistics below are for people diagnosed with large bowel (colon) and rectal NETS in the UK.

  • More than 70 in 100 people (more than 70%)  with a large bowel (colon) NET survive for 1 year or more
  • Around 80 in 100 people (around 80%)  with a rectal NET survive for 1 year or more

5 year survival

There are no UK-wide 5 year survival statistics available for large bowel and rectal NETs. The statistics below are from a European study. Please be aware that due to differences in health care systems, data collection and the population, these figures may not be a true picture of survival in the UK.

Around 65 in 100 people (around 65%) with a large bowel (colon) NET survive their cancer for 5 years or more.

Around 75 in 100 people (around 75%)  with a rectal NET survive their cancer for 5 years or more.

What affects survival

Survival depends on many factors. It depends on the stage and grade of the NET when it was diagnosed. The stage describes the size of the tumour and whether it has spread. The grade means how abnormal the cells look under a microscope. 

It also depends on:

  • how well you are generally
  • whether you have a large bowel NET or a rectal NET
Last reviewed: 
23 Jun 2022
Next review due: 
23 Jun 2025
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